Feb 9, 2013 6:20pm EST
and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of cuts and tax for the wealthiest americans. that is more than both parties say we need to stabilize our debt. i believe e we can finish the job the same way we started it, with a balanced cut of spending cuts and tax reform. and the majority of the american people agree, both democrats and republicans. my preference and the preference of many members of congress is to do that in a balanced way by making sensible changes to entitlement programs and reforming our tax code. as we speak, both the house and senate are working toward budget proposals i hope will lay out this balanced path going forward. wut that takes time and right now, if congress doesn't act by march 1 a series of harmful doubts spending also known as the sequester are scheduled to take effect. and the result could be a huge blow to middle class families and our economy as a whole. if it goes forward thousands of workers are likely to be laid off, firefighters and food specttors could find themselves out of work leaving ourselves vulnerable.